Al-Aqsa is closed for Muslims and opened for extremist Jews
March 11, 2014

The Israeli forces imposed restrictions on people entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevented those under the age of 50 from entering. Al-Aqsa courtyards seemed to be empty of worshippers and Marabouts while the Israeli forces were deployed in the Mosque and allowed the extremist settlers to break into Al-Aqsa through Dung Gate. Witnesses said that the occupation police prevented those under the age of 50 from entering Al-Aqsa and performing the Morning Prayer, and also prevented Al-Aqsa students from reaching their schools; they also established metal barriers on the opened gates of Al-Aqsa (Al-Majles, Al-Silsileh and Hutta Gates). Witnesses explained that the police allowed settlers to enter Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung Gate and arrested two young men from Al-Aqsa courtyards. A state of tension occurred at Al-Aqsa Gates after preventing dozens of Muslims from entering. During the break-in of a group of extremists, a group of young Muslim men who were able to reach Al-Aqsa gathered and started shouting “God is Great”. The police was forced to change the route of extremists and allowed them to only go from Dung Gate until Al-Silsileh Gate. They forces stationed at Al-Aqsa gates also prevented hundreds of citizens from performing the Noon Prayer at Al-Aqsa gate and the siege lasted until 1:00 p.m. while a large number of tourist and a small number of settlers broke-in through Dung Gate under heavy protection from the police. Clashes broke out at Al-Aqsa gates especially Hutta, Lions, Al-Majles and Al-Qataneen Gates after preventing hundreds of worshippers from going through. The Marabouts were assaulted at Al-Aqsa Gates with sound grenades and rubber bullets in addition to hitting them with batons; among the people injured were old people and the photographer of “Wafa” news agency, Afif Ameera. During the siege, the police arrested 5 Palestinians from Jerusalem and the 1948 lands. It is noteworthy that “Organizations for the Temple” will hold a press conference on Tuesday night entitled “Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount…its meaning, importance and ways to implement” in the village of Der Yassin in order to discuss what was proposed in a session at the Knesset on 25/02/2014 regarding the full administrative sovereignty over Al-Aqsa Mosque. اغلاق 2